Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Do all xtronic transmissions have a shudder when accelerating

asked by on

I purchased a used Nissan Pathfinder. I noticed a "shudder" when I test drove it. I asked why this might be, and was told it was probably because the car had been sitting. It does it every time you take off from a stop, and it's noticeable enough that people have asked what is wrong with it. I took it back to the dealer, and they said they don't notice any issue. Then I was told that all Nissans have this "shudder", due to the way the new transmissions are made. Is this true?

My car has 53000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The transmission shudder is very common of ...

The transmission shudder is very common of a problem but is not normal and the transmission control module may be in need of reprogramming as per a technical bulletin NTB15-014B dated 4/5/2016. This is a recent TSB and may not of been known yet to the person that told you it was normal since the manufacturer did not have a fix yet. Have a dealer perform this TSB for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car stalls unless pressing gas for 5 minutes, stutters whle accelerating or pressing/releasing clutch

The first thing you should do is watch my video "how to fix a car that idles poorly." Just cleaning the throttle assembly with a throttle cleaner and maybe the MAF sensor with the MAF sensor cleaner can often fix...

Q: All gear lights on, has a lot of trouble accelerating

Have the transmisison control module scanned for fault codes. There may still be something else causing some of your issues like a broken wire somewhere may a faulted module itself. Consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic to...

Q: Weird noise when engine is running.

If the belt was replaced already it sounds like it may be coming from the power steering pump. Have a qualified technician inspect your engine noise. If the pump is making noise it needs to be replaced.

Related articles

How to Renew Your Car Registration in Oklahoma(DELETED)
Having your car registered with the Oklahoma Tax Commission is an important part of driving legally in this state. You will need to do this within 30 days of moving to Oklahoma...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.